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Argalasti (Greek: Αργαλαστή) is a village and a former municipality in Magnesia, Thessaly, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality South Pelion, of which it is the seat and a municipal unit.[1] It is built on a fertile plateau, 40 km southeast of Volos. It is an important commercial and tourism center of the area with a rich cultural tradition. Argalasti is a stopping point for those headed for the nearby beaches of the Pagasetic Gulf (Chorto, Kalamos, Lefokastro) or the Aegean Sea (Potistika, Melani, Paltsi). An exquisite sample of the architecture of the beginning of the 20th century is the church tower of Sts. Apostles.


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Argalasti has a school, a lyceum, a gymnasium, an ATM, post office and a square (plateia).

Subdivisions

Pilion, Argalasti, Greece

Argalasti

Division of the municipality

Lefokastro (Greek: Λεφόκαστρον), older form: Lefokastron is a picturesque fishing village on the Pagasetic Gulf, 8 km from Argalasti and 34 km from Volos. Lefokastro is part of the municipal district and the municipality of Argalasti in the Magnesia prefecture.

Xinovrysi

Xinovrysi

Xinovrysi Potistika beach (in the background the island Skiathos)

Potistika Beach , Xinovrysi

Xinovrysi (old name Bistinika or Bestinika)

Chorto

Chorto (older form Chorton)

Near chorton is the place of the ancient city Spalathra mentioned by Pliny the Elder: "Thessaliae adnexa Magnesia est, cuius fons Libethra, oppida Iolcus, Ormenium, Pyrra, Methone, Olizon, promunturium Sepias, oppida Castana, Spalathra, promunturium Aeantium, oppida Meliboea, Rhizus, Erymnae, ostium Penii, oppida Homolium, Orthe, Iresiae, Pelinna, Thaumacie, Gyrton, Crannon, Acharne, Dotion, Melite, Phylace, Potniae. Epiri, Achaiae, Atticae, Thessalia in porrectum longitudo CCCCLXXXX traditur, latitudo CCLXXXXVII. "

History

This Pelion town is well known for its buildings of architectural interest. Embbed into the walls of many constructions in the village one will find pieces of Ancient and Medieval buildings. This special style adds something to the atmosphere of the town. The monastery of Saint Nicolas, provide a magnificent view to the town. Close to the town square, is the church of Saint Apostles Peter and Paul built in 1886. Perhaps the most impressive part of that church is the marble bell tower, built in 1913.
Historical population
Year Population municipal district Population municipality
1981 2,016 -
1991 1,393 2,415
2001 1,312 2,148
References

^ Kallikratis law Greece Ministry of Interior (Greek)

Municipalities and communities of the Magnesia Prefecture

Afetes | Agria | Aisonia | Almyros | Alonnisos | Argalasti | Artemida | Feres | Iolkos | Karla | Milies | Mouresi | Nea Anchialos | Nea Ionia | Portaria | Pteleos | Sipiada | Skiathos | Skopelos | Sourpi | Volos | Zagora

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